'It was really scary' - Hamilton teen left in ICU after suspected tampon induced toxic shock syndrome

A Hamilton teenager is in Waikato Hospital's ICU with toxic shock syndrome believed to have been caused by a tampon.

Chloe Jordan was admitted to hospital after she became ill over the weekend.

"Her symptoms were vomiting, diarrhea; she had acute kidney failure," her mum Jessica Jordan told 1 NEWS.

Taken to an after hours clinic by her mum the 17-year-old high school student was rushed to hospital where doctors ran multiple tests and admitted her to ICU.

"It was really scary," Chloe's mother said.

"They thought she might have meningitis or scarlet fever and then they realised quickly that she had toxic shock syndrome."

Toxic shock syndrome is an infection which is caused by toxins released by bacteria Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes.

Ms Jordan says doctors believe after many tests the infection was caused by tampons which her daughter was using while on her period.

"It happens really fast," says Ms Jordan.

"Once it's inside you it's been absorbed into your bloodstream. They're really dangerous."

Ms Jordan posted about her daughter's illness on her Facebook page yesterday, warning other women about reading the danger label on sanitary products and avoiding certain brands.

"It's clearly on the packaging as well and you still don't really think about it happening to you."

U by Kotex, the brand of tampon used by Chloe, told 1NEWS they hadn't heard about the incident or any in New Zealand but would look into it.

The tampon box produced by U by Kotex does have a warning about the risks of using toxic shock syndrome on its packaging.

Ms Jordan says her and Chloe are looking at using alternative sanitary products.

"I'm never using tampons again."

Chloe is still in ICU but is expected to be moved to a ward soon to continue her recovery.

Chloe Jordan was admitted to hospital after she became violently ill while on her period. Source: 1 NEWS

Fundraising effort underway to give Whakatane teen whose body turning into 'stone', a holiday

More than $8000 has been raised to send a Whakatane teenager suffering from a condition that's turning her body to stone, on a holiday.

Racheal has recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
Racheal has recently been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Source: 1 NEWS

A friend of Racheal Steiner-Hooker's mother has set up a Givealittle page to help raise money to send Racheal and her family on a trip to Queenstown.

Racheal, 15, has been diagnosed with the autoimmune disease Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, that's turning her body to "stone".

"You know the saying - 'Walk a mile in my shoes' ?...... well, to be honest, I wouldn't wish that on anyone," Rachael is quoted as saying on the Givealittle page.

"Sometimes I wish I didn't always have to explain why I'm not at school or why for someone so young my body feels so old. Life isn't fair, I get it, but each day I choose life, through the good and the bad, taking it step by step."

Explaining the motivation behind the holiday, Rachael's mother Ange Steiner-Hooker told Fairfax: "She needs that family time and to make those memories".

She was diagnosed in June last year with the disease for which there is no cure and she can only take medication that will help slow down the progression.

The holiday will be a chance for to create happy family memories together before Racheal's body slows down even more.

A total $8,068.00 had been pledged on the Givealittle page as of 4pm today.


One dead in collision between car and truck that's closed SH1 south of Timaru

One person has died following a crash involving a car and a truck on State Highway 1, the Timaru-Pareora Highway, south of Timaru.

Emergency Services were called to the crash between Half Chain Road and King Street at 2.25pm.

They say the road is closed and is expected to remain so for the next few hours. 

Diversions are in place and police are asking motorists in the area to be patient.

The Serious Crash Unit and the Commercial Vehicle Safety Team are at the scene.

A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle
A road closure sign in front of a Police vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS